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Chicagoland book club

Bars and ClubsDining and DrinkingClubs and AssociationsBookFrank McCourtJulia Child

One thing to know about our club: The Glenbard North Teachers' Book Club started as an after-school bridge club, but 22 years ago we changed our focus from playing cards to discussing books. We meet once a month and enjoy a potluck dinner based on the month's reading. As one member said, "No matter how lacking the book, we always get a good meal!"

Authors we'd most like to meet: We would have loved to have met Frank McCourt ("Angela's Ashes") because he infused his writing with humor, and Julia Child ("My Life in France") because her life and culinary skills inspire us. We would also like to meet local authors such as Sara Paretsky ("Black List") and Princess Kasune Zulu ("Warrior Princess: Fighting for Life with Courage and Hope") both of whom live in Chicago.

Worst reason anyone has given for not reading an assigned book: We've all used this one and we think it's a good excuse: "I've been too busy grading essays or lab reports."

Average time we spend talking about a book before the conversation swerves off into politics and family issues: We spend about 30 minutes discussing the book during cocktails and appetizers. However, the book usually comes up again during dinner.

Books we loved: "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett, "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, "The Reader" by Bernhard Schlink, and "Three Junes" by Julia Glass.

What books are next: "The Lacuna" by Barbara Kingsolver and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson.

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